Ā A federal grand jury has been assembled in Washington, D.C. to investigate whether seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens perjured himself under oath before Congress and in depositions, according to Mike Fish of ESPN. Witnesses have been subpoenaed and could appear before the grand jury, possibly as early as this week. As reported by ESPN:
Those expected to either testify in front of the grand jury or to be interviewed by [assistant U.S. attorney Daniel P.] Butler and FBI agents include Clemens' former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, and admitted drug supplier Kirk Radomski. Charlie Scheeler or other investigators who helped assemble the Mitchell report, Major League Baseball's inquiry into performance-enhancing drug use that first publicly identified Clemens for allegedly taking steroids, could also be called before the grand jury.
It is not known whether Clemens himself will be invited to appear before the grand jury, though a former Washington federal prosecutor said the government could afford Clemens a chance to explain the contradictions and possibly avoid indictment. Should the grand jury eventually return an indictment, his appearance could also provide the prosecution a start in fleshing out Clemens' possible defense, the former prosecutor said.
"We have no knowledge of [the grand jury] one way or the other," Rusty Hardin, one of Clemens' attorneys, said Monday morning. "All I have heard is rumors from people saying something. But we have had no contact with anyone about it, and have no idea.''
It is also possible that former teammates Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch could be called as witnesses, as well.
Questions linger as to whether Clemens will be the sole focus of any federal perjury investigation. There have been rumors that Miguel Tejada could be investigated, as well.
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